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Transgender Inclusion within Organizations Serving the LGBT Community: A Transgender Awareness Week BrownBag Webinar with Talia Mae Bettcher and Susan Forrest

In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, on November 11th at 2:30pm EST/11:30am PST the Network for LGBT Tobacco Control will be hosting a BrownBag Webinar on transgender inclusion about Transgender Inclusion within Organizations Serving the LGBT Community: A Transgender Awareness Week BrownBag Webinar with Talia Mae Bettcher and Susan Forrest. We will have our first ever co-lead Webinar with Network member Susan Forrest and Dr. Talia Bettcher who will co-lead a Webinar on Transgender Inclusion in Health and Community organizations/agencies serving, or that could potentially serve, transgender people. Types of agencies could include Departments of Health, cessation groups, LGBT organizations, Tobacco Control organizations, Health Centers, etc. With their cultural competency training experience, Talia and Susan will speak to how organizations can be more inclusive of the transgender community in general with mention of how even LGBT-focused cessation programs can be more inclusive of trans individuals.
Susan and Talia will introduce the call with a 15 minute presentation, and then we’ll have 45 minutes of discussion. The discussion will allow others to discuss how organizations can be trans competent in other ways like through data collection. This webinar is open to all, and is a great opportunity for folks looking to learn more about transgender inclusion and for folks who have experience and information of their own to share with others.

About the Presenters: Talia Mae Bettcher is the Director of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities at California State University in LA whose academic interests include Transgender Studies with published articles on transgender and feminist topics. Susan Forrest is an HIV Resource Specialist for the Community Assessment Service Center and Community Activist who’s planned and organized several trans-focused events and organizations. The two perform transgender cultural competency trainings to various organizations and agencies and have a website called “Learning Trans” which is a project to produce, and to highlight trans community-produced knowledge.

About the BrownBag Series: It’s about linking people and information: The BrownBag Networking call series is designed to be an open space for, you guessed it, the Network. So pull up a chair and enjoy a virtual lunch with us to network, share, and collaborate with collogues from around the country. For descriptions of past BrownBag Webinars, see our blog.

To register, click here.

by Emilia Dunham


October 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

The Train is in Motion!

By Juan Carlos Vega, Guest Blogger

Reporting from Washington, DC

Choo Choo!!!  For the last year, the CDC funded National LGBT and Latino Tobacco Control Networks have been engaging the LGBT community in Puerto Rico.  However, much more is needed to move LGBT health to the forefront.  That is one of the reasons why I am in Washington, D.C. for several weeks.  I came to learn from others on the ground on how to engage folks so I can return to the island with an overload of information, resources, and opportunities to share with my community back home.

My two young guiding lights: Ana Graciela Najera Mendoza (InnerCity Struggle, Los Angeles, CA) and Rodrigo Rodriguez (SouthWest Organizing Project-SWOP, Albuquerque, NM)

From October 22-24, I participated in the 3-day training Community Organizing: Building Base, Building Power, part of the Praxis Project Learning Circle Series that have engaged hundreds of groups and individuals doing grassroots advocacy and organizing.  During the many group exercises, I chose to be part of the health justice subgroup.  Based on a Planning Template, the subgroups developed an issue by setting goals, identifying resources and research needed, strategies to approach the work, and concrete action planning steps to develop the work  in the next 90 days, 6 months, and a year.  With the guiding light from a pair of young Latina/o organizers from New Mexico and California, I was able to organize concrete ideas to move forward.

From the community level, I jumped to the national arena by attending the National Coalition for LGBT Health Annual Meeting.  While there I shared the work that we are doing back home and the struggles we face.  I was able to identify possible funding sources and technical assistance providers to help us develop health issues among the LGBT community of Puerto Rico.

Planning chart for community engagement and action developed during the Learning Circle.

The icing on the cake was the Training of Trainers that Dr. Elba C. Díaz-Toro, Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico and this blogger received by the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network.  The training was provided to ensure the inclusion of LGBT sensibilities and perspectives in the upcoming healthcare provider trainings to take place next year all across the Island.  We had an open conversation with the Network’s Scout and Gustavo Torrez on clinical and community approaches to engage healthcare professionals in Puerto Rico regarding LGBT health.  Just as exciting is the possibility of having a summit on LGBT wellness in Puerto Rico next year.  This will bring together U.S. and Island healthcare professionals to discuss and explore issues on LGBT health.

The train has been set in motion to bring an LGBT perspective to the pubic health agenda in Puerto Rico.  Everything that we are learning … and translating into Spanish …  can be used, adapted, and implemented not only in other LGBT Latino/a communities in the U.S. but in other Latin American countries.

DC is getting cold by the minute and I need my 80-degree weather back home.  Are we there yet?  Choo Choo!!!

October 29, 2010 Posted by | National Coalition for LGBT Health, Puerto Rico | Leave a comment

Community Health Centers are recognized

By Juan Carlos Vega, Guest Blogger

Reporting from the 2010 National Coalition for LGBT Health Meeting

I can’t blog anything else until I post the photograph of all the Community Health Centers that were recognized during the 10th Anniversary Reception for their exceptional services to the LGBT communities in their region.  I can’t wait for Puerto Rico to be represented one day.

Thanks for all the work you do to keep LGBT communities healthy!

October 29, 2010 Posted by | National Coalition for LGBT Health, Puerto Rico | Leave a comment


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